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Poems for Kids! Poetry that is perfect for kindergarten students with a free poem sample. See how we incorporate poetry into our daily schedule to teach a multitude of reading skills. #kindergartenpoetry

Fun Poems for Kids to Reinforce Reading Skills (FREE sample)

June 16 Deedee 4 min read

These poems for kids have been tested!  For the last three years, I have used these poems in my classroom and my students LOVED them.  Based on what I have heard from many of you, your students enjoy these poems too!  

Poems for Kids! Poetry that is perfect for kindergarten students with a free poem sample. See how we incorporate poetry into our daily schedule to teach a multitude of reading skills. #kindergartenpoetry

Poems for Kids:  Why Poetry?

My initial response is… poems are fun!  Well, I guess so is playing tag and braiding your neighbor’s hair. So the question really should be,  “What are the academic benefits of poetry?”

The demands of poetry

Students must deploy numerous skills to navigate poetry:

  • decipher the figurative language in poetry
  • infer the deeper meaning of the poem*
  • create sensory images
  • make connections
  • appreciate rhythm and rhyme

*In the primary grades, we don’t dive too deep into poems that need complex interpretation.  However, I remember suffering through these PAINFUL poetry lessons when I was in high school.  They made my head hurt.  Here is what Fountas and Pinnell had to say,

“If [you] are going to learn to love poetry, [you] need to feel it and enjoy the language first…Young children respond to rhymes, chants, and songs (not properly called poetry according to scholars, but an important foundation for appreciating poetry.”

Poems for Kids Means Enlarged Print for Shared Reading

We use enlarged print in the poems because it allows the students to focus on the print.  We use a variety of pointers. At the beginning of the year, students start by pointing to each word as we read the poem.  Then we gravitate towards sliding the pointer underneath the words as we read.  Towards the end of the year, we simply point to the line we are reading.  Student helpers are always brought forward to lead us.  Sometimes we need to offer more support so we work hand-over-hand with the student.  Other students can handle this task independently.

Poems for Kids! Poetry that is perfect for kindergarten students with a free poem sample. See how we incorporate poetry into our daily schedule to teach a multitude of reading skills. #kindergartenpoetry

Poems for Kids: EVERYBODY participates!

As we are read the poems, we also do some word work. These activities are from the interactive poetry notebook component of my poetry units.  As you can see, the beginning of the year, my kindergarten students really focus on beginning skills.  As the year progresses, we get to the more rigorous skills.

Poems for Kids! Poetry that is perfect for kindergarten students with a free poem sample. See how we incorporate poetry into our daily schedule to teach a multitude of reading skills. #kindergartenpoetry

In kindergarten, we do concept sorts (included in the poetry units).

Poems for Kids! Poetry that is perfect for kindergarten students with a free poem sample. See how we incorporate poetry into our daily schedule to teach a multitude of reading skills. #kindergartenpoetry

(This is the included student response page.)

Poems for Kids! Poetry that is perfect for kindergarten students with a free poem sample. See how we incorporate poetry into our daily schedule to teach a multitude of reading skills. #kindergartenpoetry

We also do word sorts to support phonemic awareness.

Poems for Kids! Poetry that is perfect for kindergarten students with a free poem sample. See how we incorporate poetry into our daily schedule to teach a multitude of reading skills. #kindergartenpoetry

Regardless of the activity, everyone is participating during our poetry time.  No beauty shop here… yes, braiding hair can be fun, but EVERYONE needs to participate in the activity.   Some students need the support of the class sort, while others can handle this on their own. Here are a few more of the interactive poetry notebook pages.

Poems for Kids! Poetry that is perfect for kindergarten students with a free poem sample. See how we incorporate poetry into our daily schedule to teach a multitude of reading skills. #kindergartenpoetry

Poems for Kids! Poetry that is perfect for kindergarten students with a free poem sample. See how we incorporate poetry into our daily schedule to teach a multitude of reading skills. #kindergartenpoetry

Poems for Kids: The use of poems builds fluency

I have written extensively about how we use poetry to influence fluency. You can read that post HERE. But here are a few more words from Fountas and Pinnell:

“For young children, poems, chants, rhymes, and songs have natural qualities that help them become familiar with rhythm and tone.   They are easy to remember and fun to repeat.”

Where can I find Poetry for Kids?

I have created a few sets of poetry for kids!  You can find them by clicking below:

 

Poems for Kids: So what is next?

I have been asked to create a second year’s worth of poems.  I am thrilled that districts have adopted my poems for their teachers.  Now kindergarten AND first grade can use my poetry units.  I have already gotten started!  On a recent family trip, I took the back seat.  Mr. Wills and the Perfect Son sat up front while I worked out the poems for August/September and October.  Can I just tell you that their participation was hilarious (but also super helpful)?

SIDENOTE:  I hate my handwriting!

Poems for Kids! Poetry that is perfect for kindergarten students with a free poem sample. See how we incorporate poetry into our daily schedule to teach a multitude of reading skills. #kindergartenpoetry

UPDATE:  These poems have all been completed! 

That is it!  I loved using poems in my classroom and my kids loved them!

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Poems for Kids! Poetry that is perfect for kindergarten students with a free poem sample. See how we incorporate poetry into our daily schedule to teach a multitude of reading skills. #kindergartenpoetry

15 Comments

  • Stephanie Hulsey June 16 at 1:02 pm

    I know you are working on year 2 of new poems, music and beyond the poem. Will the activities for poetry notebook be tailored more for 1st grade or maybe include differentiated/challenging. I just wondered if I’m looping with my kids is the interactive poetry notebook will be more challenging for 1st ? Thanks so much. Just wondered it it would be too easy or not?

    Can’t wait!!!!

    • Deedee June 16 at 2:49 pm

      You are in my head. I’m going to make the phonics/sorts more challenging for sure!

      • Stephanie Hulsey June 16 at 6:07 pm

        Awesome!!!! Thanks so much. I have been at AMSTI training all week with my new team and have been sharing all about you and Deanna! They are excited about the poetry unit and the interactive component. Like me they were concerned it wouldn’t be challenging enough. I madder hearing back from you, I text them to say,”No worries!” I told them you had 1st in mind when creating those activities! That puts my mind at rest! Thank you so much!!! I love you to pieces! ? Let me know when August and September are ready! Can’t wait to purchase them and get my notebooks ready! Later alligator!

        • Stephanie Hulsey June 16 at 6:09 pm

          Ok typo! After hearing back…

    • Deedee June 16 at 6:09 pm

      Same back at you friend!

  • Stephanie June 16 at 1:59 pm

    I am wanting to make sure that I purchase the correct materials. I am going to purchase the Aug., Sept., and October Poetry Units. If I also purchase the purple Poetry Interactive Component, will it have all of the Interactive components for the notebook for all three Poetry units? Or is their an interactive poetry companion for each poetry unit?

    • Deedee June 16 at 2:48 pm

      Hi there, so the interactive notebooks have a full year of notebook options. It will include Septembers and Octobers response options. Does that make sense?

      • Stephanie June 16 at 10:15 pm

        Yes, it does…will the interactive notebook also tell me which poems in the poetry units it can be used for? Also, this is my first time using an interactive notebook with Kindergartners. Do teachers cut everything in advance or is it easy enough for the students to cut it out?

  • Jenny June 16 at 10:28 pm

    Hi Deedee I was wondering (and hoping) that your next Poetry unit might be a math based one!! I know lots of your poems are counting ones etc but it’s too expensive for me to buy the whole set just for a few whereas if I knew all the poems were math based ( counting, shape, spatial /measurement language) I would happily buy the unit. A kinder unit would be perfect…..please. I mainly teach the math part of our curriculum, hence the interest. I do poems with my kids…but nothing as wonderful as this would be!!
    cheers Jenny

    • Deedee June 17 at 5:30 am

      WAH! Sorry, they are really more of a thematic base. HOWEVER… you have my mind spinning with possibilities!!! Perhaps I could create a few that would cover math concepts in the future!

  • Linda Groce June 17 at 8:22 am

    OH, DeeDee!! I am so excited to delve into these updated versions of your poetry units! I am a HUGE fan and I look forward to getting these updates ready for the new school year!! Thank you!!

    • Deedee June 18 at 7:50 am

      Thank you so MUCH! I really appreciate it!!!

  • Linda Dahl June 19 at 9:31 am

    Just love teaching poetry, and teaching with poetry in kindergarten! Thank you for your wonderful insights!

  • Stormy August 13 at 8:38 pm

    Hi! Looking for your Campfire Song. You shared it a conference.
    Was hoping it was in one of your monthly poetry downloads.

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